Gouk, H., Pfahringer, B., & Cree, M. J. (2016). Learning Distance Metrics for Multi-Label Classification. In B. Durrant & K.-E. Kim (Eds.), Proceedings of The 8th Asian Conference on Machine Learning (Vol. 63, pp. 318–333).
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Distance metric learning is a well studied problem in the field of machine learning, where it is typically used to improve the accuracy of instance based learning techniques. In this paper we propose a distance metric learning algorithm that is specialised for multi-label classification tasks, rather than the multiclass setting considered by most work in this area. The method trains an embedder that can transform instances into a feature space where squared Euclidean distance provides an estimate of the Jaccard distance between the corresponding label vectors. In addition to a linear Mahalanobis style metric, we also present a nonlinear extension that provides a substantial boost in performance. We show that this technique significantly improves upon current approaches for instance based multi-label classification, and also enables interesting data visualisations.
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